On the EV forums, it’s a running joke that Elon Musk despises trains. In order to sell more vehicles, Musk despises trains so much that he actually invented the that he supposedly put forward the Hyperloop project specifically to disrupt a high-speed rail project in California . The new VW GEN.TRAVEL concept perhaps demonstrates that Tesla CEO Technoking is in good company among his fellow automakers.
NOT TRAIN STRAINS, BUT According to Dr. Nikolai Ardey, Head of Volkswagen Group Innovation, “Volkswagen defines the transportation for generations to come – sustainable and digital.” The idea is supposed to replace “short haul flights,” or like this 9-minute flight Elon Musk took last summer . We are developing this concept further in the group-wide Volkswagen Innovation Research department by demonstrating how our consumers will be able to experience mobility in the future, such as as a service. With GEN.TRAVEL, we are already able to experience what cutting-edge technology will soon make feasible. A new level of door-to-door transportation. devoid of tension and emissions.
I find it extremely astounding that Volkswagen would present such an idea, yet concept cars have a long history of being ridiculous. And compared to other absurd ideas, this one doesn’t seem that absurd. I’m tempted to assume the best because of this. However, this self-driving software king has a hint of the former CEO of the VW Group about it, and it’s difficult to picture a “drivers’ vehicle” person like former Porsche CEO Oliver Blume giving this thing the OK, even as a concept.
There are worse ways to spend the five hours between Cleveland and Chicago, for example, as a weird, far-off into the future looking notion, than in a comfortable reclining seat as your GEN.TRAVEL takes you there. And if the robotaxi future that we keep hearing about materializes, we might get to experience it firsthand! Klaus Zyciora, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, said that the GEN.TRAVEL “offers us a peek of the travel of the future.” “It demonstrates the future of autonomous driving to us. The GEN.TRAVEL is an example of forward-thinking design for the mobility of the future. The incredibly unusual design is characterized by effective shape. Thus, “form follows function” becomes “form follows freedom” in an era of technological advancement and nearly limitless opportunity. In addition to being better, the car will also be more thrilling than before.
decent enough For myself, I believe a train would be preferable.
AMTRAK WALKTHROUGH BY OBSERVATION CAR
Image source: Volkswagen Group.
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